Life Time Titans 

Minnesota Swim Team

Our team is a year-round competitive USA Swimming team offering high quality, professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of our team is to promote a lifetime of wellness through the sport of swimming.

MEET OUR COACHING STAFF!

 

 

CHANHASSEN

 

Adam Gannon | Head Coach 

     My name is Adam Gannon. I have been swimming competitively since the age of 5. When I moved to Minnesota, I joined the swim team Mach 3 Flyers and competed with them for 10 years. I am a 2010 graduate of Wayzata High School where I was a six-year letter winner in swimming. I was named the 2010 Section 5AA Swimmer of the Year, a four-time All-American and all-state and received eight all-state accolades. I was a Three-time all-conference selection, and was voted the team MVP in 2009-10. After high school I swam for the University of North Dakota for all 4 years of my college career. During this time, I was in UND all-time top three times in five different events, I appears in UND's all-time top 10 list in seven events total and was voted team MVP for 3 of my 4 years.

     After graduating college with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in coaching I decided to pursue a higher education and achieved a masters degree in Sports Management from the University of South Dakota. While I worked through my master’s degree I was the head sprint coach for the University of South Dakota’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving team. During this time my swimmers set 16 new school records. I am currently working with the Chanhassen Life Time swim team and am very happy and excited to be a part of the wonderful program we have to offer our members. 

 

COON RAPIDS

 

Bethany Urbaniak | Bronze Coach

     Bethany is currently studying Recreation Management and Tourism at Arizona State University Online and will be graduating next year hoping to continue her career in aquatics management. 

     She started swimming lessons at the age of 5 and began competitive swimming at the age of 8 on a swim team in Illinois. In 2016 she moved to Minnesota and finished her competitive swimming with the Andover Huskies. To stay involved with swimming during college she has been teaching swim lessons to children and adults. She will also be coaching the Masters Program at Coon Rapids as well.

 

CROSSTOWN

 

Marina Budilovsky | Head Coach All Groups

     Coach Marina started swimming competitively at 12 but swimming was a part of her life for 7 years before that. She swam for Cooper High School. After high school she began coaching while attending the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. She graduated from the U of M with a Degree in Psychology and a minor in Kinesiology.

     This is her 10th year coaching club, previously with Sabes Rays and NHCP before joining Life Time.  She has also coached 5 seasons of High School swimming being an Assistant Varsity and Head Junior Varsity Coach at both Cooper and Armstrong High schools. 2019 also marks her 4th time on the Team Minnesota Zones Staff.

     Although Coaching is her passion job she works full time at Allina Health in Oncology. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and friends and travel as often as possible.  She enjoys working with athletes and hopes that every child  she coaches gets to fall in love with swimming in their own way and is able to do it their entire life. She believes swimming is truly one of the best sports for athletes  not only because of what they learn in the pool but the skills that transcend out of the pool.

 

EAGAN

 

Derek Steward | Head Coach All Groups

     Derek Steward has been coaching multiple sports since the beginning of 2010 including running and swimming specifically.  He started coaching swimming on an individual level in the summer of 2010 and was able to bring many of his swimmers to the finish line of multiple triathlons.  Since 2014, Derek started coaching children as young as 8 years old.  He has provided children with guidance to excel in and out of the pool.

     On a personal level, Derek has been no slouch either.  He is an avid endurance athlete and has completed 7 International distance triathlons, 2 half iron distance races and completed Ironman Wisconsin in 2012.  He swam competitively for 9 years before putting his swim cap down to focus on running.

     Outside of swimming Derek has ran multiple marathons as well as other miscellaneous endurance events including a few 50k’s, 50 miles and hopes to soon complete his first 100‐mile footrace. He has Level 1 and 2 US Masters Swimming Coaching, USA Swimming Coaching Certifications, and lifeguard certifications.

 

EDINA at SOUTHDALE

 

Laura Erwin | Head Coach

     Coach Laura was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She has been swimming since she was 4 and loves it. Competitive swimming has always been a part of her life as after she stopped swimming, she continued with coaching.

     Laura has been coaching for over 10 years. She has coached summer league, club and high school swim teams. Coach Laura originally learned to coach from Xiaohong Wang, who won the silver medal at the 1992 Olympics for 200m butterfly. She worked side by side with Chinese National Swimmer, Feng Chen, when coaching her high school swim and together they demonstrated a variety of coaching tactics.

     Coach Laura has a degree in Biology and has completed the Certified Personal Training course through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has developed a reputation of excellence at all levels.

 

Josh Winters | Assistant Coach

     Coach Josh learned to swim at the age of ten after going underwater at summer camp. He joined his first team in Austin, Texas and fell in love with swimming. He continued in the sport when he moved to Minnesota at the age of eleven. By the age of twelve he was placing first at the state championships. He broke his first state record at the age of fourteen and continued on to win 7 state championships at the high school level and set 5 high school stat records, along with 1 team championship with the Eden Prairie Eagles. Coach Josh fell in love with coaching while still in high school.

     After graduating he began coaching and coached the Edina Country Club team during the 2019 season. Josh is pursuing his degree in kinesiology at Southwest Minnesota State University. Josh focuses on providing the swimmers with a fun experience while improving cardiovascular conditioning, strength/mobility, and speed!   Coach Josh is very excited to be a part of the new team here at Southdale Edina!

 

EDEN PRAIRIE

 

Barb Folsom | Head Coach

 

FRIDLEY

 

LAKEVILLE

Tony Parast | Silver / Gold 1 & 2 Coach

     Started swimming at 3 years old. Fist competitive swim meet at 5 years old. Swam from the ages of 5-9 for YMCA in Columbus, Ohio. Between the ages of 13-14 swam competitively for Naperville swim clubs Otters and Fox.

     Youth (between the ages of 3-20)was focused on playing sports. Participated in baseball, football, basketball, swimming, track and field, cross country, ultimate Frisbee and soccer (futbol). 

     Graduated from college with bachelor's in Communications (2011)and Accounting (2018) Master's degree in Sports Management (2016).

     Have been coaching youth sports since 19 years old. Started as youth soccer coach for club I played for in my youth, Ajax Chicago FC. Followed that up by coaching summer track with Neuqua Valley HS, graduated from NVHS in 2007. Coached basketball for YMCA between 2012-2013. Started coaching swimming with LT Fitness in fall of 2013 at Warrenville, IL. Began assistant coaching at LT Lakeville in fall 2016.

 

MAPLE GROVE SWIM SCHOOL

 

Allie Maxwell | Head Coach | Email: AMaxwell3@lt.life

     Coach Allie Maxwell came into swimming at the age of 5, participating in swim lessons at Plymouth Life Time Fitness, making her way to swim club for NHCP. Not only did Allie swim but she danced and played soccer before swimming became her best and most loved sport.

     After lettering, achieving All Conference, All State and setting two records in High School, Allie continued her swimming through college at the Division 1 level at the University of North Dakota. Throughout her career, she competed as a butterflier, distance swimmer, and mid-distance. 

     Later fulfilling three years, she helped the collegiate team as a Volunteer Assistant Swim Coach and became the Head Coach of the North Dakota Masters team along with teaching swim lessons for all ages in between.

     Allie moved back home to Plymouth, Minnesota where she now resides and returned to Life Time as the Maple Grove Swim School Head Coach. Aside from swimming, Allie enjoys spending time with her family, Joey and Lady, her Doberman pinchers and friends. Coach Allie loves to watch kids grow and excel in something that they love!

 

Shawn Staton |Developmental Head Coach | Email: SStaton@lt.life

Shawn Staton the Developmental Swim coach for Life Time Swim! She swam competitively for twelve years and swam Varsity all four years in high school. Throughout high school she attended; conference, sectionals and state. Throughout her professional career, she has had the privilege to work with so many amazing children and families! She has been a; nanny, a para, a PCA & DSP for children with learning and developmental disabilities, and as of recent-a lead supervisor.

Shawn has always been in love with the water and is so incredibly happy to work for a company that allows her to bring strengths, passions and ideas to the table. In doing so, she puts in her heart & soul into her work; as well with the upmost pride. Her coach philosophy is to encourage so emphatically, that your swimmer develops a newfound sense of strength.The strength to believe that through hard work, they can achieve their goals in and out of the water.
 
She's is an open book, please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have about our Developmental Swim Team. 
 
 
 
Alexis Lembi  |Silver Head Coach | Email: Alembi94@gmail.com
 

     Alexis Lembi is the Silver Coach for Life Time Swim. She has been in the water since the age of 5 and has loved it ever since. She began swimming competitively at the age of 10 and competed through both club teams and her high school team. She swam varsity through all 4 years of high school and competed at both sectionals and state meet for throughout high school. She swam her freshman year of college as a freestyle sprinter but ended her career early due to a shoulder injury.

     Alexis currently resides in Hopkins and is loving the small-town feel but the conveniences of being in a larger city. She has 4 younger brothers and Cocker Spaniel named Stormy. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and is looking forward to graduating spring of 2021. When she is not in the pool, she can be found at home enjoying a new novel or being at one of Minnesota’s 20,000 lakes.


     She looks forward to getting to know each swimmer and helping them build a passion and love for the sport. 

 

 
 
Shauna Ling  |Bronze Head Coach | Email: SLing@lt.life
 

     Shauna is an assistant coach for Lifetime Swim in Maple Grove. She started swimming lessons at the age of 2 before moving onto a competitive team at 7 years old. She continued to swim competitively through high school and was the captain of her high school swim team her senior year. Her top events included the 100 backstroke and 200 free. 

Shauna attended Iowa State University and joined a swim club, water polo club, and crew club to stay in the water during her studies. Today, she is apart of the Lifetime Master's team to train for future triathlons. 

 

     As a coach, Shauna is passionate about helping swimmers become stronger athletes to achieve their swimming goals. 

 

NEW HOPE

 

Katherine Johnson | Bronze Coach | Email: kwjohnson85@gmail.com

      Coach Katherine is the primary swim coach for the Bronze Swim Team. Coach Katherine started swimming competitively at the age of 8 on the Mounds View Swim Club and later on the Twin Cities Swim Club. She swam on her Mounds View high school swim team and had fun being a captain her senior year. Katherine also had a great time swimming with the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire swim team. Her favorite strokes to swim were backstroke and butterfly.

      Katherine went on to get her master’s degree in special education at the University of Minnesota. She is currently teaching English at St. Anthony High School in the special education department. For the past five seasons, Katherine has enjoyed coaching the St. Anthony High School girls team. She has been coaching the Bronze TEam at the Life Time Fitness Swim Club for the past four years. Katherine lives in New Hope with her loving husband, her two adorable little girls, and her loud barking Beagle. Katherine still loves swimming and has recently started to enjoy running as well.

     Katherine believes that it is important to meet each swimmer at their individual ability level with enthusiasm and passion in order to help them reach their individual goals.

 

PLYMOUTH

 

Wes Schultz | Head Coach | Email: wschultz@lt.life

     Wes was born in Mission Viejo, CA and started swimming competitively at age 6 with a summer program. He loved it so much he decided to enroll in year-round club swim. By the age of 12, Wes was ranked 6th in CA and 12th in the country for the 50 fly. He lettered all four years in high school and won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 free senior year, after going to Junior Nationals for the 100 Breaststroke. He was then recruited to University of North Dakota, where he also lettered all four years and continued to improve and score points in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, 50 and 100 Freestyle, and the 200 IM.
 

     After Graduating with BS in Recreation Management, Wes returned home and was asked by his coach Keith Moore, and team owner Gabe Woodward (2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist) to be the Head Age Group Coach of his club team reboot, Bakersfield Swim Club. After being closed for four years Wes started with 7 kids in his group and 12 total on the team. Wes coached five swimmers to the Central CA Junior Olympic (JO) Championships. By the second year Wes helped grow his team to over 75 and made a strong presence at JOs as well as South Western Age Group Regionals (SWAGR). This is Wes' fourth year of being a USA swimming certified coach, and he is looking forward to learning and growing with this new Life Time family as well as coaching this senior group to be their absolute best while reinforcing the love of the sport.

 

Stacy Biegler | Gold Coach

     Stacy grew up in Elk River and started swimming at the age five and swam competitively for 18 years. She qualified for high school state 7-12 grade and was an 11-time All-State swimmer. She was voted MVP 9-12 grade and held multiple school records. She was 2-time team captain. She continued to swim at the University of North Dakota (UND) for four years and was a 10-time All American and 8-time All American Honorable Mention swimmer and a 4-time Academic All American. She also held a couple conference and school records. She was also captain of the team her senior year. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Psychology and Sociology.

     She continued her passion of swimming by coaching with Mach III Flyers (99-01) during her summers home from college. She then became a Police Officer with the City of Crystal for 5 years and went back to her passion of coaching at Jet Stream Aquatics (04-06) until she became the Girls Head Swimming Coach at Big Lake High School (05-11) and the Boys Assistant Coach at Maple Grove High School (06-12). She took time off to raise her family and found herself back on the pool deck with Sea Devils Swim Team as an assistant coach (16-17) and began coaching at Lifetime summer of 2017.

     Stacy lives in Big Lake with her husband, Luke and their three children, McKenna, Adalynn and Ty. Both girls swim with Lifetime. They enjoy ice fishing on Lake of the Woods and Red Lake in their Ice Castle fish house. Stacy also stays active by competing in triathlons.

 

Kati Gjevre | Silver Coach | Email: kati.gjevre@gmail.com

     Coach Kati Gjevre will be the primary coach for the Silver 1 group. Coach Kati has spent most of her life by the pool. She began swimming competitively when she was 7 and her first job was teaching swimming lessons. Even after she began her career as a math teacher, she spent her summers managing a pool and coaching swimming during the school year.

     Kati joined the Life Time coaching staff in the fall of 2015. Kati teaches 8th grade math at Wayzata East Middle School and also coaches the Wayzata High School Ski Team. She lives in Plymouth with her husband, Joel, and her two boys, Toby and Max. Her boys are both swimming with Life Time. On the weekends, you can find them on the ski slopes or at their tiny log cabin.

 

 

Laura Alberts | Silver Coach

     Coach Laura started swimming competitively at the age of seven in Austin, MN. Laura swam throughout high school and also played basketball and golf. After high school Laura attended Oakland University in Rochester, MI and swam four years at the Division II level. Laura was a 21 time All American and specialized in the middle distance freestyle events. Laura also got to compete in one basketball game while at Oakland University and got into the record books!

      Laura is the Controller at Izzy’s Ice Cream and coaches in the evening. She lives in Maple Grove with her husband, Trevis, and 3 kids, Emily, Maxwell and angel Thomas. Emily and Maxwell swim on the Life Time swim team.

 

Marisa Perrine | Bronze Coach

     Hello, my name is Marisa Perrine and I am the Bronze coach at Plymouth. I was practically born in the water; I started learning how to swim at the Plymouth leisure pool when I was one, and I have loved it ever since. I have swam competitively since the age of eight and I was a Varsity swimmer on the Wayzata High School swim team. I have done synchronized swimming for six years, in which I have earned seven gold medals at High School State, and now have the privilege to be a Team Captain of the Wayzata High synchro team this season.

     I have worked at Life Time in the swim program for two years, and I have had the privilege to coach Developmental, the Summer Swim League and now Bronze over the past year.  I absolutely adore swimming, and I love teaching younger swimmers about something that has such a positive influence on my life. 

     I once had a coach tell me that although obtaining faster times and getting stronger through training is important, the most valuable lesson from being on a swim team is learning the value of hard work and achieving one’s goals through dedication and perseverance. That has been my philosophy ever since. I love to help kids grow and succeed through hard work and dedication, while still having fun along the way. :)

 

SAVAGE

 

Riley Olsen | Swim Coach
     

     Coach Riley has been Lifetime for 3 years.  Riley swam with Metro Storm Swim Club and Prior Lake and decided to find a job still involving competitive swimming. Her favorite strokes are the Breaststroke and Freestyle. She has a pet peeve of over crowded lanes and works hard with swimmers on their overall conditioning. Riley is starting her senior year at Prior Lake HS and would like to go to college at NDSU for nursing. She also enjoys water skiing and being with friends and family. 

 

Gabrielle Jensen | Swim Coach

     Coach Gabby has been with Lifetime for 4 years and have moved into the coaching position for the last 2. She has been a competitive swimmer for 8 years and has been specifically swimming for Prior Lake HS the last 5. She is excited to be team captain for her senior year. Her favorite stroke is  Butterfly and her pet peeve is people touching your feet. Swimming has taught her the power mental toughness which she emulates into our swim program. Gabby is unsure of where she wants attend college but plans on going for international business. 

 

WHITE BEAR LAKE

 

Lauren Rose | Head Coach

     Lauren is the Aquatics Manager of Life Time in White Bear Lake. She coaches Junior, Bronze, and Silver groups at her club. Lauren is passionate about teaching proper stroke technique to people of all ages. She swam competitively beginning when she was 9 years old. She swam varsity her 8th grade year and wrapped up her second high school season during her 9th grade year. Life Time Swim is her #1 (Go Titans!), but she also enjoys music and working on her Healthy Way of Life.

 

WOODBURY

 

Kristin Erf | Head Coach 

     Kristin is a recently graduated student-athlete from South Dakota State University. Kristin was a member of the SDSU women’s swimming and diving team for four years, she holds five school records: 100 breaststroke, 100 individual medley, 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. Kristin accumulated 15 All-Summit League Honors during her time at SDSU, the most in school history. In addition, Kristin appears in the All-Time Top 10 list for SDSU in 6 different events.

     Prior to swimming at SDSU, Erf swam club swimming for St. Croix Swim Club where she attended NCSA Junior National Meet five times. Kristin also swam high school swimming for Stillwater Area High School where she lettered all five years, was a multiple all-American, all-state, section finalist, and all-conference selection. Kristin also served as a captain her senior year.

     Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree in May 2018 from South Dakota State University in dairy manufacturing with a minor in food safety. Kristin has previously coached at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and served as Head Coach of the White Bear Lake location from December 2018-August 2019. Kristin has also been the Assistant Aquatics Manager in White Bear Lake. Kristin is currently the Aquatics Manager at Life Time in Woodbury, Minnesota. Fun fact about Kristin: She grew up on a farm in Oakdale, Minnesota and her family shows Brown Swiss cows at the county fair, state fair and national shows throughout the summer and fall.